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Event Summary: "The Chinese Cyber Challenge" at Atlantic Council

On June 24, CCSA's James Mulvenon and Gregory Rattray, along with Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., took part in a discussion addressing the status of Chinese cyber espionage.  The event was hosted by the Atlantic Council and focused on solutions to resolve US-Chinese tension on cyber security and espionage.

As part of the discussion, each expert provided advice for US policy makers to consider when approaching these challenges.  Mr. Alperovitch began by categorizing the Chinese cyber threat into three sections: economic espionage dealing with intrusions into the private sector, national security espionage dealing with strategies to collect foreign intelligence, and computer attacks addressing the damage China could do to the US should such an attack occur.  Next, Dr. Mulvenon spoke about the value of offensive reactions to China's cyber threats and attacks, considering how on defense you have to prepare for any number of factors, while on offense, you only need one solution to be successful.  He suggested two approaches, first scaring China into a truce by stealing some of their information and enlightening them to the ramifications of attacking the US.  Second would be to "poison the well" by feeding China false information and getting them to doubt any data they may acquire.  Finally, Dr. Rattray spoke about the opportunity this new Chinese president has to steer hackers away from cyber attacks on the US and further risk alienating American businesses that used to look forward to Chinese business partnerships.  He also mentioned that despite this, the private sector should make better efforts to protect themselves rather than leaning on the government for help.

For more information on what took place during the discussion, please click here

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Totally agree with companies needing to be more self-reliant for security. China really isn't a problem when you look at the big picture. As you mention in your post, the Chinese are alienating themselves, pushing US businesses away. They do this in every area, not just in terms of information stealing. Even information marketers and game manufacturers are stopping sales in China, simply for the fact that it's too easy to have your products stolen.

Eventually, the Chinese will wake up and see that they're only hurting themselves. Maybe they'll join the rest of the world in playing the game that the west established (e.g., fair capitalism).
First time poster, but a long time reader. Always read updates here. Thanks.
December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFini

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